Here is an overview of four prominent Art Nouveau jewelry design houses:
1888 until present
Founded by Lalique, Rene (1860-1945)
Probably the most famous Art Nouveau Designer of all, Lalique’s jewelry designs are renowned for their delicate plique-à-jour enamel work and use of the female form.
Rene Lalique also sold designs to the great jewelry houses of Boucheron, Cartier and Verver.
KOCH, GERMANY 1879-1987
FOUNDED BY ROBERT AND LOUIS KOCH.
In 1883 Koch received the title of ‘Jeweler of the court’ and worked for European Royal families such as the Czar of Russia or the King of Italy.
VEVER, FRANCE, 1821 – PRESENT
Founded by Pierre Vever (1795 – 1853)
Known for fine, gem-set Art Nouveau jewelry and hair combs. One of Vever’s most famous designers was Eugene Grasset (1841-1917).
FOUQUET, FRANCE, 1852-1936.
Founded by Alphonse Fouquet and taken over by his son, Georges Fouquet in 1895.
Known for naturalistic and sensuous Art Nouveau styles.
The company worked with the renowned artists and designers Charles Desrosiers, Alphonse Mucha and Etienne Tourette.
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